Louis Futon flips, covers, and intensifies J. Cole’s ‘Kevin’s Heart’

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Who better to rework a famed J. Cole track than the multi-talented Louis Futon, who enlists some help from Armani White, BXRBER, and Bellah to compose this cover of “Kevin’s Heart.” The song is part of Cole’s latest album, KOD, a Billboard albums chart-topper.

“Days after J Cole dropped his new project, KOD, I was listening to ‘Kevin’s Heart’ and had a really cool idea to flip it so I called up Bellah, BXRBER, and Armani White,” Futon says in the track’s description. “The whole track came together in a couple of hours, and I loved it so much I decided to take out J. Cole’s parts all together and make it a cover!”

The LA-based producer puts a funky spin on the edit, adding in his signature high-pitched synths and harmonies, which bend perfectly under a killer rap verse from White and soulful vocals from Bellah and BXRBER. Futon is set to hit some major U.S. cities on his upcoming summer tour. Find a full list of dates and ticket info here.

MUST LISTEN: Brasstracks pay homage to their NYC jazz roots in new EP, ‘For Those Who Know Pt. 1’

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Fresh off their shared Grammy win last year for Chance the Rapper‘s “No Problem,” Brasstracks are looking to show the world how they’ve evolved stylistically, presenting a more refined and mature sonic landscape.

Now, the multi-talented purveyors of electro-soul have released a culmination of years-long tweaking and fine-tuning in the first of their two-part EP project, For Those Who Know. Featuring collaborations with Robert Glasper, The Underachievers, Fatherdude, S’Natra, and more, the six-track body of work pays homage to the duo’s proud NY roots — incorporating their classical jazz training, affinity for hip-hop, and new wave electronic sensibilities into a newfound sense of artistic self-awareness.

For Those Who Know Pt. 1 is — more than anything they’ve released prior — a comprehensive, stimulating, jazzy anthology of Brasstracks’ dedication to craft and coming-of-age. Having already released the project’s two leading tracks, “Those Who Know” and “Brownstone,” the remaining tracks rounding out the EP paint an abridged picture of what is to come — one that will leave listeners fiendish for part two.

“For Those Who Know is the first time we’ve felt comfortable in our own skin making a project. It’s a confessional, it’s a coming of maturity, it’s an ode to New York City. In Part I you get to know our roots. We poured our hearts into this, we hope you dig it.”


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Brooklyn-based duo Brasstracks have become known for crafting a electrifying live music outfit that fuses electronica, funk, hip-hop, indie-R&B, and whatever else strikes their fancy. Now the improvisational producing partnership, made up of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, have enlisted the help of rising UK-native vocalist BXRBER on their newest original, titled “Brownstone.”

Building upon a steady stream of recent releases, including their original track “Fever” as well as a stirring cover of Lil Uzi Vert‘s “XO TOUR Llif3,” this latest venture into their emblematic soulful sound stamp relies on smooth, steady tempos, an irresistible horn section, and a throw-back jazz vibe. Combine Jackson on the trumpet, Rayne on the drums, and BXBER’s uplifting lyrical talents, and the result is a blithe and blissful track that catapults listeners to cloud nine.

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JNTHN STEIN (Feat. BXRBER) – Master Control (Original Mix)

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Multi-instrumentalist and producer JNTHN STEIN is known for his moody, experimental instrumental arrangements. Back with London-based vocalist BXRBER, the Team Supreme member has just released his most recent track, “Master Control.”

Bouncy drums and a funky guitar riff start the track with BXRBER’s silky R&B croons floating throughout. STEIN fills out the song with a wonky bass line that would impress any funk fanatic. Showing instrumental promise similar to artists like Lido, FKJ, and more, JNTHN STEIN is definitely a name to look out for in the future.

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